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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, School of Public Health and Health Systems Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario
No deadline noted

Start date: open; 1 year contract

The Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Research Group (https://uwaterloo.ca/ghs) in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a full-time, one year fellowship (with possible renewal based on mutual satisfaction and funding availability). The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to conduct research, consultation and knowledge exchange activities for a project titled, Policy  and Regulatory Issues in Enabling Technological Innovation (PRI-TECH). This project is part of a new national NCE - Aging Gracefully across Environments using technology to Ensure Well- being, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL; http://www.agewell-nce.ca/research). The position is available immediately, but the start date is negotiable. The position is based in Waterloo, Ontario. Some travel may be required.

ABOUT PRI-TECH: New technologies offer many possible benefits for the health and quality of life of older persons, but it is often difficult to make decisions about which technologies should be approved, how their use should be monitored, and how they should be paid for. For example, should “smart systems” used for remote health monitoring be regulated in the same fashion as medical devices? Should payment for these systems be the responsibility of health authorities, insurance companies, or consumers? This project will examine current policy and regulatory frameworks and developments that are relevant to the evaluation, regulation, and reimbursement of new technologies and innovations resulting from AGE-WELL. Recommendations will be made for how innovation in health technologies for seniors can be accommodated and stimulated within existing policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as how these frameworks might be modified to support safe adoption of promising and effective technologies.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the PRI-TECH research project under the direction of the primary mentor, Dr. Paul Stolee, and project co-lead, Dr. Don Juzwishin (Director, Health Technology Assessment
  • & Innovation, Alberta Health Services).
  • Design, develop, and undertake research, consultation and knowledge exchange activities per the PRI-TECH research plan.
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders and knowledge-users, including policy makers, industry partners and consumers
  • Design new studies and proposals for additional research funding related to the overall programs of research of the AGE-WELL NCE and the GHS Research Group
  • Work on multiple aspects of research projects to develop skills as an independent researcher.
  • Preparation/submission of ethics applications; oversight of graduate students and research assistants
  • Knowledge translation and exchange activities such as scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and media releases, as well as presentations at AGE-WELL or PRI-TECH sessions and at scientific meetings.
  • Collaborate with AGE-WELL, NCE and other researchers.
  • The candidate will be encouraged to identify and develop their own areas of interest within the research program
  • Other opportunities for collaborative research may be available dependent upon interests, funding and time.

Requirements:

  • Newly graduated (within the past 5 years) PhD in a health research or health policy-related discipline
  • Experience in health technology and health technology policy, particularly with a focus on technology for older adults, would be definite assets.
  • Understanding of processes of technological innovation, evaluation, commercialization and adoption would be an asset.
  • Experience conducting research from design through to research publication, as well as preparing and  delivering presentations to a range of audiences, and a demonstrated ability to work with other researchers, support personnel, and students in a collaborative research environment.
  • Experience in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research
  • Good organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills and strong written and oral English  communication skills are required.
  • Proficiency in written and oral French communication would be an asset.

To apply:

Interested applicants should arrange to send a letter of interest (including a summary of research interests, and names of at least two academic references), curriculum vitae, and up to three publications or working papers to Dr. Paul Stolee, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G; [email protected].

Feel free to contact Dr. Stolee or Sheila Bodemer, Research Coordinator, at 519.888.4567 extension 33160, [email protected] with questions.